Questions tagged [veganism]

In addition to being vegetarian (do not eat meat, poultry, or fish), vegans do not consume or use any animal products (such as eggs, milk, leather, honey, etc.)

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Is some sugar not vegan?

White or brown sugar is made from sugar cane, or from sugar beets. Both of those are vegetables. Since sugar doesn't come from an animal, why do some brands of sugar bother mentioning on the package ...
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What is a good source of Vitamin B12 for a vegan?

My understanding is that Vitamin B12 is a vitamin that vegetarians and meat eaters get from animals and animal products; how can I obtain this vitamin as a vegan? Can I live without it safely?
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Is it safe to raise babies and young children on a vegan diet?

Are there any health concerns when it comes to raising babies and young children on a vegan diet? Are there any nutrients that their diet could be deficient in? Does breast feeding vs. formula make a ...
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Reasons for being vegetarian or vegan other than ethical reasons?

I met a lot of people that, even though they have strong reasons for being vegan or vegetarian, or even work saving or helping animals, etc. have failed to follow their principles and ended up ...
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What are the main nutrient deficiency concerns for vegans?

What are the main nutrient deficiencies strict vegans are at risk of and how to avoid them?
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Is Omega 3 missing from vegan diets?

Is Omega 3 missing from vegan diets? Are there any food supplements that provide Omega 3 not derived from animals?
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Is yeast-risen bread (or other baked products) vegan?

Most breads are leavened with yeast, which is killed during baking. If my recipe is flour, water, yeast, and a bit of salt, is the resulting bread non-vegan?
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Is honey considered vegan?

Since vegan diet avoids animal products, does it include natural honey? Does it depends whether some bees are killed while beekeepers gather their honey?
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Why do many vegans avoid products which contain palm oil?

Palm oil itself is vegetable-based and animal-free, so why do many vegans consider products which contain it to be unsuitable to purchase/consume?
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How can I tell if wheat flour is vegan?

In another answer, I learned that some flour is not vegan because it may have been bleached with bone char. When I'm shopping, what do I need to look for to ensure I'm getting vegan flour?
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Which essential amino acids are the most likely to be deficient in a vegan diet?

Beside total proteins and the need for protein combining (see this question), here I ask a more specific question regarding single amino-acids: what are the most likely essential amino acids to be ...
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How to be healthy during a vegan pregnancy?

What health recommendations for during pregnancy can be made to vegans? Many doctors recommend eating fish and/or meat. How could a pregnant person get the necessary nutrients on a vegan diet?
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Can you achieve sufficient daily complete proteins as a vegan if you only eat grains, fruits, vegetables and other whole foods?

I.e. if you eat enough grains, pulses, fruits and vegetables, but not processed foods like tofu, seitan, mock meats, etc.
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If vegans don't drink milk, why are they okay with breastfeeding?

Why is it that some vegans don't use dairy products, but still breast-feed their babies? Isn't this same idea of a mother cow breastfeeding their babies? Is it about animal cruelty, animal product (...
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Are there vegan formula options for infants?

If I am unable to breastfeed and I want to avoid dairy-based products, what are my options for formula?
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Can a fertilizer be vegan?

Can fertilizer be classified as vegan? If so, what requirements are imposed on it? Is it enough to say that no animal products can be used, or is the discussion more nuanced for fertilizer?
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Hidden non-vegetarian or vegan ingredients

I imagine there's a (hopefully) short list of items that may appear innocuous on a food label which are in fact of animal origin in same way. Ones I'm aware of include casein (to clarify beer) and ...
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What health reasons might prevent people from becoming vegan?

Often, people say something like "I'd love to be vegan, but I have low iron levels and a vegan diet would be unhealthy for me." I'm not a physician and I can't just say "I assure you, your iron ...
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Pros and cons of trying a vegetarian diet for a few months as a transition to veganism?

I'm interested in becoming a vegan, and cutting all animal products out of my diet. Should I go cold turkey (pun intended) and just stop eating animal products immediately, or should I try to be a ...
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Vegan survival food

I am considering taking the Trans-Siberian railway. London to Moscow followed by Moscow to Beijing. I have made many long rail trips in the past so comfort, boredom, etc is not an issue. However, ...
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Does becoming vegan need a transition?

I recently decided to be vegan. One of my concerns is the impact on health of a sudden change of eating habits. So, speaking about health, does becoming vegan need a transition? Do I need to "teach ...
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Is “protein combining” necessary to be healthy on a vegan diet?

I've heard claims that in order to be healthy on a vegan diet, one must go out of their way to combine proteins from different food sources in order to get an adequate amount of each necessary amino ...
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Are there any specifics related to veganism and working out?

I used to workout quite a lot when I was omnivore and vegetarian but have not visited the gym for some time because of a back injury. When transitioning from omnivore to vegetarian, I did not do any ...
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Is the use of pesticides considered vegan?

While sometimes considered indispensable for crops protection, pesticides are basically weapons of mass destruction aimed at insects and other animals that eat crops. Can food produced with the aid of ...
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Why are some condoms not vegan?

If you do a web search for "vegan condoms" (yes, vegans use exotic and conscious search engines..) you will find that cruelty-free prophylactics are an item that is being sold. However, how could a ...
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What does the term “veg*n” mean?

You sometimes see the term "veg*n" on sites such as this one. What exactly does this term mean? Why is it used?
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After how long will one see symptoms of lack of B12?

Suppose a person goes vegan and neither eats food items with B12 nor supplements, i.e., doesn't take vitamin B12 at all. After how much time will the symptoms be visible and after how much time will ...
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How can I determine how much protein I need in a vegan diet?

As I'm going vegan, I need to replace protein from meat with plant proteins. When I was eating meat, I didn't pay any attention to how much protein I ate. But in a vegan diet, I feel that I would have ...
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Are foods with zero cholesterol always vegan?

I've developed this quick trick after reading a lot of food labels. If the nutrition label says it contains any cholesterol, it's definitely not vegan. This is based on the idea that cholesterol ...
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Can a modern diet be vegan, organic and sustainable? [closed]

Assuming a vegan diet, where the food is not altered or produced by the exploitation of animals. To be sustainable nutrients that are removed from the soil by growing plants need to be replaced. ...
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How to deal with pressure from family when telling them you are becoming a vegan?

Sometimes explaining to your family that you have decided to become a vegetarian/vegan is not easy, especially when they have grown up thinking that eating meat/fish/dairy from time to time is ...
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Cheapest vegan protein options

What are the foods with the best price per protein ratio in the UK? I feel that protein is the main obstacle to a vegan diet, and so I would like to learn about possible options from you experienced ...
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Vegan flu shot (vaccine / vaccination)

After hearing that the most common flu shots involve chicken eggs, I searched for vegan flu shots. I haven't found anything conclusive. What are my options if I want a flu shot but want to adhere to ...
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Vegan wool alternative other than synthetic fiber?

I read this post about vegan clothing, but I'm wondering what are the best alternatives to wool for warm clothing (i.e. sweater), which would be suitable for countries with some snow and temperatures ...
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What is Seitan? How do I get it?

I've heard of a vegetarian / vegan meat substitute called seitan. What is it, and can I make it at home? Do I just prepare it in the same way I might cook chicken or beef?
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Where do vegans get their Omega-3's? [not ALA]

I'm talking specifically EPA and DHA, neither of which are found in any food source except marine biota. Microalgae is the only vegan source I know of but it's almost nonexistent in most vegan ...
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What impact would stopping human consumption of honey have on worldwide bee populations?

Large populations of bees are used by humans to produce honey. Most vegans do not consume honey as it is an animal product and therefore it is in conflict with their beliefs. Are there any studies/...
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What material should I look for if I want a durable/comfortable vegan shoe?

I'm the kind of person who tends to buy one pair of shoes and wear them almost all the time until they fall apart. While I'm vegan in most aspects of my life, shoes is one of the things that I've yet ...
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Is there clothing for vegans?

According to this article having vegan clothing should not be very complicated, as it simply means avoiding some materials: Here’s a list of things to avoid, if you want to keep dead animals out ...
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Is it possible to make vegan crepes?

I'm vegetarian and aspiring vegan. My family loves crepes, and I have tried various egg replacements, and they just don't work - when I try to turn the crepe, it disintegrates. Has anyone figured out ...
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Which pets could be kept by someone who chooses to be vegan for environmental reasons?

Let's assume that someone is not concerned with animal welfare or rights of their pet, and is vegan for purely environmental reasons. The issue is that buying food for carnivorous animals is ...
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Is there a canon for veganism?

Is there some document or literature or mantra that is the canonical source for the "rules of veganism"? Say two vegans are arguing about whether eating honey is vegan or not (not debating that here) -...
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How effective is farming crops without animal derived fertilizer?

It is sometimes claimed that materials such as manure are important to attain high yields of crops. While I know that it's possible to farm using only vegan materials, e.g. 'veganic' farming, I'm ...
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Are common printer ink cartridges vegan?

I saw a report on TV that food coloring can be animal-based, especially the red ones. Is it the same for common printer inks (i.e. printer brands inks)? If so, is there a vegan alternative?
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Is there a difference between “vegan” and “plant-based”?

"Vegan" is a popular term in everyday language, while "plant-based" often appears in scientific literature. Is there any difference in meaning between the two terms?
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Would we be overrun by cows and pigs if we stopped slaughtering them?

I've heard often that there are no good arguments against keeping animals to produce food. (see for example this YouTube video What about this argument: We live in a commercial world. If we do not ...
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Can products labeled as “produced in factory that handles milk” be considered vegan?

I know about some vegetarian labeled products that do not contain any non-vegan substances per se, they are just being produced in factories that produce other products which, in turn, contain dairy ...
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What vegan alternative to hydrating/repair creams are there?

Due to the cold temperatures, my hands are drying and chapping a bit. I'm using a cream to repair my hands. But, since I'm beginning with veganism, I looked at its composition and I saw it contains ...
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Would vegans eat fruits with worms?

Many organic fruits might come with worms inside. Some kind of fruits (like guayaba and mangos during the tropical rainy season) are very likely to have worms inside. Is it vegan to eat them? How do ...
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What's the difference between lactose-free and dairy-free?

Various products in the supermarket, such as skim milk, whole milk, ice cream, butter, and whipping cream are labelled as "lactose-free". Are these products appropriate to serve to a vegan? What is ...